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Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Selected Works

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Gustave Moreau Apollon recevant les offrandes des bergers, c. 1885

Gustave Moreau
Apollon recevant les offrandes des bergers, c. 1885
Oil on panel
10.25 x 8.75 inches / 26 x 22 cm

Gustave Moreau Le Christ et Madeleine (Noli me Tangere), 1889

Gustave Moreau
Le Christ et Madeleine (Noli me Tangere), 1889
Oil on wood
32 x 25.5 inches / 81 x 65 cm

Gustave Moreau Le Poète et La Sirène, 1893

Gustave Moreau
Le Poète et La Sirène, 1893
Oil on canvas
38.25 x 24.5 inches / 97 x 62 cm

Gustave Moreau Suzanne et les Vieillards, c. 1895

Gustave Moreau
Suzanne et les Vieillards, c. 1895
Oil on canvas
32 x 25.5 inches / 81 x 65 cm

Gustave Moreau Suzanne et les Vieillards, c. 1896

Gustave Moreau
Suzanne et les Vieillards, c. 1896
Oil on canvas
38 x 25.5 inches / 97 x 62 cm

Gustave Moreau Sainte Cécile (Les anges lui annoncent son prochain martyre), c. 1897

Gustave Moreau
Sainte Cécile (Les anges lui annoncent son prochain martyre), c. 1897
Oil on canvas
29 x 23.75 inches / 73 x 60 cm

Henri Matisse Nu au drapé, 1918

Henri Matisse
Nu au drapé, 1918
Oil on canvas board
16.25 x 13 inches / 41 x 33 cm
© 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Max Ernst Le Cimetière des Oiseaux, 1927

Max Ernst
Le Cimetière des Oiseaux, 1927
Oil on canvas
39.5 x 32 inches / 100 x 81 cm
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Francis Picabia Halla, c. 1929

Francis Picabia
Halla, c. 1929
Oil on canvas
63.75 x 51 inches / 162 x 130 cm
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Balthazar Klossowski de Rola Balthus

Balthazar Klossowski de Rola Balthus
Study for Le Salon, 1941
Oil on canvas
25.75 x 32 inches / 65 x 81 cm
© Balthus

Rene Magritte L'explication, 1952

Rene Magritte
L'explication, 1952
Oil on canvas
31.5 x 23.75 inches / 80 x 60 cm
© 2016 C. Herscovici / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Marc Chagall L'exode du village au ciel vert, 1969

Marc Chagall
L'exode du village au ciel vert, 1969
Oil on canvas
21.75 x 18 inches / 55 x 46 cm
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

George Condo Widow's Watch, 1995

George Condo
Widow's Watch, 1995
Oil on canvas
67 x 67 inches / 170 x 170 cm
© George Condo. Courtesy of the artist and Skarstedt, New York

Damien Hirst Leprosy, 2003

Damien Hirst
Leprosy, 2003
Flies and resin on canvas
54 x 40 inches / 137 x 102 cm
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved / DACS, London / ARS, NY 2016

Richard Prince Prison Nurse, 2003

Richard Prince
Prison Nurse, 2003
Ink jet and acrylic on canvas
52 x 36 inches / 132 x 91 cm
© Richard Prince

Wade Guyton Untitled, 2005

Wade Guyton
Untitled, 2005
Epson Ultrachrome inkjet on linen
26 x 17 inches / 66 x 43 cm
© Courtesy of the artist 

John Currin Two Germans, 2014

John Currin
Two Germans, 2014
Oil on canvas
32 x 24 inches / 81 x 61 cm
© John Currin

Elizabeth Peyton Dreamt Baroque Masterworks, 2014

Elizabeth Peyton
Dreamt Baroque Masterworks, 2014
Oil on board
15.25 x 12.25 inches / 39 x 31 cm
© Elizabeth Peyton. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels

Gustave Moreau Apollon recevant les offrandes des bergers, c. 1885

Gustave Moreau
Apollon recevant les offrandes des bergers, c. 1885
Oil on panel
10.25 x 8.75 inches / 26 x 22 cm

Gustave Moreau Le Christ et Madeleine (Noli me Tangere), 1889

Gustave Moreau
Le Christ et Madeleine (Noli me Tangere), 1889
Oil on wood
32 x 25.5 inches / 81 x 65 cm

Gustave Moreau Le Poète et La Sirène, 1893

Gustave Moreau
Le Poète et La Sirène, 1893
Oil on canvas
38.25 x 24.5 inches / 97 x 62 cm

Gustave Moreau Suzanne et les Vieillards, c. 1895

Gustave Moreau
Suzanne et les Vieillards, c. 1895
Oil on canvas
32 x 25.5 inches / 81 x 65 cm

Gustave Moreau Suzanne et les Vieillards, c. 1896

Gustave Moreau
Suzanne et les Vieillards, c. 1896
Oil on canvas
38 x 25.5 inches / 97 x 62 cm

Gustave Moreau Sainte Cécile (Les anges lui annoncent son prochain martyre), c. 1897

Gustave Moreau
Sainte Cécile (Les anges lui annoncent son prochain martyre), c. 1897
Oil on canvas
29 x 23.75 inches / 73 x 60 cm

Henri Matisse Nu au drapé, 1918

Henri Matisse
Nu au drapé, 1918
Oil on canvas board
16.25 x 13 inches / 41 x 33 cm
© 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Max Ernst Le Cimetière des Oiseaux, 1927

Max Ernst
Le Cimetière des Oiseaux, 1927
Oil on canvas
39.5 x 32 inches / 100 x 81 cm
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Francis Picabia Halla, c. 1929

Francis Picabia
Halla, c. 1929
Oil on canvas
63.75 x 51 inches / 162 x 130 cm
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Balthazar Klossowski de Rola Balthus

Balthazar Klossowski de Rola Balthus
Study for Le Salon, 1941
Oil on canvas
25.75 x 32 inches / 65 x 81 cm
© Balthus

Rene Magritte L'explication, 1952

Rene Magritte
L'explication, 1952
Oil on canvas
31.5 x 23.75 inches / 80 x 60 cm
© 2016 C. Herscovici / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Marc Chagall L'exode du village au ciel vert, 1969

Marc Chagall
L'exode du village au ciel vert, 1969
Oil on canvas
21.75 x 18 inches / 55 x 46 cm
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

George Condo Widow's Watch, 1995

George Condo
Widow's Watch, 1995
Oil on canvas
67 x 67 inches / 170 x 170 cm
© George Condo. Courtesy of the artist and Skarstedt, New York

Damien Hirst Leprosy, 2003

Damien Hirst
Leprosy, 2003
Flies and resin on canvas
54 x 40 inches / 137 x 102 cm
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved / DACS, London / ARS, NY 2016

Richard Prince Prison Nurse, 2003

Richard Prince
Prison Nurse, 2003
Ink jet and acrylic on canvas
52 x 36 inches / 132 x 91 cm
© Richard Prince

Wade Guyton Untitled, 2005

Wade Guyton
Untitled, 2005
Epson Ultrachrome inkjet on linen
26 x 17 inches / 66 x 43 cm
© Courtesy of the artist 

John Currin Two Germans, 2014

John Currin
Two Germans, 2014
Oil on canvas
32 x 24 inches / 81 x 61 cm
© John Currin

Elizabeth Peyton Dreamt Baroque Masterworks, 2014

Elizabeth Peyton
Dreamt Baroque Masterworks, 2014
Oil on board
15.25 x 12.25 inches / 39 x 31 cm
© Elizabeth Peyton. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels

Press Release

Beyond ennui, past troubles and ordeals
That load our dim existence with their weight,
Happy the strong-winged man, who makes the great
Leap upward to the bright and peaceful fields!

The man whose thoughts, like larks, take to their wings
Each morning, freely speeding through the air,
–     Who soars above this life, interpreter
Of flowers’ speech, the voice of silent things!

- Charles Baudelaire, Elevation, 1857

Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil), features the work of 19th Century Symbolist, Gustave Moreau (1826-1898), alongside works by modern artists – Balthus (1908-2001), Marc Chagall (1887-1985), Salvador Dalí (1904- 1989), Max Ernst (1891- 1976), René Magritte (1898- 1967), Henri Matisse (1869- 1954) and Francis Picabia (1879-1953) — and contemporary artists — George Condo, John Currin, Wade Guyton, Damien Hirst, Elizabeth Peyton, and Richard Prince. 

Taking as its starting point the work of Gustave Moreau, the exhibition presents the artist as a pivotal figure in the rise and development of Modernism. Teacher of Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault, Moreau introduced a new language of painting through his reinvention of the History painting genre, and his transformation of biblical or mythological narratives that once served very particular purposes, into secular compositions. Appropriating iconographic elements belonging to distinct characters, stories or parables, Moreau transcended the preexisting didactic or ecclesiastical function of images, to create a new stable of archetypes that embodied a modern spiritualism.

An avid writer throughout his life, Moreau contended that “The artist becomes sublime: he forgets nature in its physical and vulgar manifestations and gives himself up to the manifestation of dream and the immaterial;” further stating that this could be achieved by a focus on “pure pictorial beauty.” Heralding a shift in artistic focus to emotional expression, the individualized experience of the viewer that tapped into consciousness or subconsciousness, one can see in the work of Moreau, and his writings the seeds of Fauvism, Expressionism and Surrealism.

This exhibition takes its name from the seminal publication by French poet, Charles Baudelaire, forefather of the Symbolist movement, whose prose profoundly influenced the course of literary and artistic meditations on Modernity. Throughout the poems, Baudelaire rigorously explored metamorphoses of sensorial experiences, the nebulous space between beauty, and the uncanny, and the human condition amidst the rise of modernity. 

Baudelaire’s pursuit to express modern existence resound in each work presented in the exhibition, and serve as the threads that tie together Gustave Moreau, the modern masters and the contemporary artists. At its core this exhibition serves to illuminate an alternate blossoming of Modernism, and to shed light on those who continue to challenge and shift its path today.